Kerry Washington, Kenan Thompson and Black Women on SNL

The comedian said in an interview this week that black, female comedians aren't ready for the show

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Kenan Thompson on 'SNL'

Yesterday’s announcement from Saturday Night Live that Kerry Washington will make her debut as host on Nov. 2 was, of course, greeted with glee from Scandal fans — but the news is drawing a more complicated reaction at the same time.

That’s because on Monday, TVGuide.com published an interview with SNL cast member Kenan Thompson in which the comedian was asked about the lack of diversity among his colleagues, specifically the fact that there are no black, female comedians on the show (and there have only been four in its history):

Instead of blaming showrunner Lorne Michaels or the series, which currently only employs three actors of color out of 16 cast members (Thompson, [Jay] Pharaoh and the Iranian Nasim Pedrad), Thompson blames the lack of quality black female comedians. “It’s just a tough part of the business,” Thompson says. “Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.”

Unsurprisingly, the idea that there just weren’t enough candidates — especially when put forth by a comedian who is himself African-American — drew near-instant criticism and suggestions for people who prove Thompson wrong. (Jay Pharoah’s suggestion is Darmirra Brunson; check out some of her work here.)

Considering the timing, skeptics have suggested that the Kerry Washington announcement — the show’s decision to feature a woman well known for breaking racial barriers — was meant specifically to calm fans whose anger about diversity on the show was stoked by Thompson’s comments. (It seems unlikely that she was cast within the last two days, and this timing, about three weeks in advance, is fairly standard for SNL‘s hosting announcements, but it is possible that the current firestorm inspired the exact moment the news was announced.)

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And Thompson also told TVGuide.com that he would no longer dress in drag for the show (having previously played Maya Angelou, Jennifer Hudson and others) and that Jay Pharaoh doesn’t want to either. Which means that, should they hold firm, the issue doesn’t stop with a lack of black cast members. He’s also saying that will be no black, female characters (barring those portrayed by a host like Kerry Washington, which wouldn’t be very many since as— TVLine’s Michael Slezak points out — the hosting history isn’t very diverse either).

There’s a hint in the original interview that Thompson and Pharaoh’s move may force SNL‘s hand, since producers will have to cast someone to do those impressions. And his decision not to do play those parts is not what’s controversial; people are upset because Thompson passes the buck on the reason behind the homogeneity of the cast, refusing to place any responsibility with the show and its producers.

There’s no counter-argument to the fact of SNL‘s lack of diversity; just count the cast members and it’s clear. There’s also no rebutting the existence of many talented and successful African-American comediennes, and the odds that, were casting one of them a top priority, it’s likely one could be found who would be “ready” for the show. But it’s also the case that the show’s producers don’t operate in a vacuum.

As Alyssa Rosenberg at Thinkprogress points out, one casting director with first-hand knowledge of trying to find black, female comedians publicly responded to Thompson’s remarks by saying that, actually, yes, it is hard to find performers who would be ready. The issue, she clarified, is not with the readiness but with the finding. She cites (anonymously) troubles with the contract terms for one comedian considered a great candidate for SNL.

It’s also likely that larger comedy-sphere issues are affecting SNL‘s casting problems — two thirds of this year’s new cast members come out of the Upright Citizens Brigade world, one that has race issues of its own. UCB’s classes are expensive and, as was detailed in a February New York Times article, the theater provides comedians with exposure but does not pay them; it’s been suggested by some comedians that the lack of financial compensation deters diversity. (There’s evidence that UCB and NBC both want to see improvement in this area — they offer a diversity scholarship, providing a full year of UCB classes to one person, hoping to attract “women and people of diverse backgrounds.”)

As comedian W. Kamau Bell told Salon last month, the need to diversify at SNL and other comedy stalwarts isn’t just about who they hire but about who makes up the pool of potential talent. Bell also noted that diversity of perspective is important, that having comedians of various backgrounds — not just black and white — leads to jokes of various styles that speak to a wider array of audience members. The gist of it is that any place that so predominantly draws from any one group of people is likely to stick individuals who don’t fit into that group into token or translated roles, parts that see the minority group through the eyes of the majority, rather than for themselves as people.

So maybe there’s something more concerning than the fact that, if Thompson and Pharaoh won’t play women, Saturday Night Live will have no impressions of famous black women. A truly diverse SNL would be one where a black, female comedian also plays characters who require her acting ability and sense of humor, not just her race. And, though it’s only temporary, who better to do that than Kerry Washington?

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41 comments
JennSoft1
JennSoft1

Besides...Who cares? SNL has been irrelevant for 20 years!

JennSoft1
JennSoft1

Maybe...Just Maybe...It's because a Black person couldn't be on time to save their slow ass lives!
It is a live show and being "On-Time" is part of the job! Oh sorry...Black people don't understand that. That's why we had to create "EEO Affirmative Action"!

hdslayr
hdslayr

Why just BLACK WOMEN????? What about other races, are they not on the EQUITY HIRING LISTS as well? Or is the list ONLY for blacks? 

TV and movies are so discriminatory against all other races except white and black... Just look at TV and movies where 99.9% of programs have blacks in them but very, very few have other races in them, especially asians. WHAT other races are not allowed???.. Or is it that blacks scream racism and discrimination the most so they get special treatment in the entertainment industry.

MomoH
MomoH

So it happened... Kerry Washington hosted.  She shined.  Unfortunately, the foci of the media conversations are about the opening segment and the FOX parody, not how amazing and dedicated Washington was...how Washington was able to take really poor writing, at times, and make it amusing...  How her intelligence manifested itself notably in her interpretations of not so great, and even at times "sensitive" material (e.g. - Miss Uganda), but when the material was good, she made it great.  (Her political science professor and other characters were spot on outside and her accents were great and important to note)...how Washington is a dramatic actress and not a comedienne. 

It would be great if the media would also take note that though she played "black women", she played a VARIETY of black women characters... not just the standby non-celebrity black characters that society will often use to pigeonhole this group of women (the sassy/mouthy assistant and the jealous girlfriend).  Black people, just like any other people, are varied and don't always sound like Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall playing old men in the barbershop.  One has to believe that Kerry gave the writers the characters that they wanted, but also gave them better interpretations of characters beyond the writers' limited understanding of "other" people.  I would be surprised if she didn't have input on the insertion of the Black woman with a Long Island accent, a common fixture amongst some old school, african-american teachers in the NYC area,  for the Booker T. Washington high school sketch.  Kerry's family having that background in education, her Bronx/NYC upbringing and her general "exposure" to the world surely came through in her sketches.  I don't know if they could have had a woman college professor, played by either Keenan or Jay Pharoah without that professor being a punchline, not delivering them.

Speaking of Jay Pharoah.  The addition of a black woman, if only for that one episode, allowed Jay Pharoah to also shine.  He was given more opportunities to play against a female character, but on a deeper level.  Washington hosting was a great move for Pharoah's career. 

Hopefully, Washington has modeled the possibilities for a future cast member who is not, herself, a "joke", but an exposed, critical thinker who can brilliantly interpret and contribute to the SNL legacy as Washington did last night. 

thelmaduncan
thelmaduncan

SNL is not something to aspire to, however, discrimination happens when % of qualified population aspire to work for company and is denied!!!!!! and current population of company does not reflect divesity and DO show systematic practice of preventing diversity in company,  so if % population apply for job in any racial community, ie SNL, BET, Telemundo,etc,  and is denied based on race, it is discrimination and company is guilty of discrimination and not allowing diversity in company, if  the different ethnicities do not apply to any of the companies, ie  BET Telemundo, SNL etc,  and not interested in working for them, well no racism.. so the record will speak for itself.

MomoH
MomoH

Hmmm... what's interesting is that SNL is seen as the "norm" or something to "aspire to" for all...

Is it possible that it SNL can be culturally or socially dissonant for some people?  I find it cute at times, but quite geeky (with which I can't always identify)... nothing aspirational and not must-see TV (outside of their political satire).  I'd be more interested in Steppenwolf's always stellar work than being a member of the cast of Saturday Night Live (which is cliquish anyway - The Groundlings, etc....).     

Kenan Thompson's contribution to the show is his Flip Wilson-esque bugged out his eyes out for, I guess, the sake of comedy - which he seems to believe requires some sort of skill beyond a black woman's purview, but they don't write for him.  Flip Wilson, was at least, brilliant in his comedy... or what should be true in Kenan's case, allowed his brilliance to shine 

Thompson is there precisely because he's Black, non-threatening and not a woman which means they can dress him up as a black woman for cheap laughs (see Black actors and drag) whenever the time presents itself ("bumping up the script").   SNL does not  "deliver" when it come to Kenan's lines, so why would black women aspire to work in that atmosphere.  Why is the conversation not, "Why would a Black Woman WANT to Work at Saturday Night Live"?  

What is especially odd, is that Kenan's near contemporary (the next generation on Nick and Disney kids), Raven Symone, DOMINATED comedic tween and teen television for over a decade and was often likened to Lucille Ball.   " In 2001, Symoné auditioned for a role on an up-coming series for the DISNEY CHANNEL titled Absolutely Psychic, about a teenager with psychic abilities. She actually auditioned for the recurring role of Chelsea Daniels, but her role was changed to the lead character Raven Baxter and the series name changed to That's So Raven. The series debuted on January 17, 2003 and ended on November 10, 2007, becoming responsible for many firsts for Disney Channel including becoming the channel's highest-rated and longest-running series at 100 episodes (until it was surpassed by Wizards of Waverly Placein October 2011)." - wiki... how would he not, having gone through similar pipelines, be cognizant of this, the hurdles and the possibilities?

... nevertheless. I don't think forcing a show, with writers so limited in their ability to write beyond the color of a person's skin, should be forced to integrate before they integrate their writing staff (meaningfully - all people can be ignorant, just throwing in unthoughtful writers of color with already unthoughtful writers would worsen outcomes, but provide excuses) or find better quality writers who have some semblance of global exposure and understanding of humanity (where they could just "write" and not struggle with finding something for the "colored" person to say, as they would imagine a "colored" person would say it - because the colored person... is a person).  

Unfortunately now, there will be a certain amount of unnecessary pressure on a DRAMATIC actress, Kerry Washington, to somehow represent black comediennes as she "guests" on SNL, while those bothered by this "integration conversation" eagerly "lie in wait" to point to any less than stellar Washington moments to scaffold Thompson's rather ridiculous theory.

How about EDf3 comedy, Wayne Brady and others assemble to find support for their work.  Now would be an optimal time.

ReninaWrites
ReninaWrites

I find it peculiar that the argument is being made here that is also made regarding getting low income high achieving students for selective schools. It is the argument regarding women in STEM. "We can't find them", "The pipeline is broken", "They aren't a good fit."  Folks seem to not have a problem hiring hiring or enrolling their friends, family and athletes and legacy admits.

The issue here may in part be social class and the talent pool (trust me I write this as an extremely privilege Black woman doctoral student.) But what is also at issue is the the political WILL to listen when audience desire via social media is being communicated. Black women spend billions annually. On balance, when has Advertising industry seriously  treated Black women's dollars like they were dollars to be earned?

Lastly, I found Alyssa Rosenbergs conversation regarding casting a Black woman comedian to be very interested because of the culture and business of casting that she discusses.

Let's be very clear, *but for* Shonda Rhimes and Black Girl Twitter we wouldn't even be having this conversation. Ms. Rhimes, the current racial climate, and  Black Girl twitter has allowed us to make vocal public conversations that we would have normally kept to ourselves *AND* we expect to be taken seriously. #Blackgirlsarefromthefuture.

JosephLRussell
JosephLRussell

I agree that within exception blacks typecast themselves immaturely because they have not learned how to depersonalize their experiences, criticisms, and achievement.  Even our black men do believe that it is not Geo political but socialized learning.  Unfortunately it is seen as unattractive as black hate and is problematic, selfish, & destructive.  Reconditioned to agree that our outward appearances do matter is even critical and so desperately I identify with you.


http://www.theroot.com/buzz/nicole-beharie-tvs-next-kerry-washington



Kinggrayiv
Kinggrayiv

Meh. This thing where you try and force diversity only serves to highlight race differences rather than be non-racial. No one is complaining that there should be more white 100m sprinters. 

I find it hard to believe the intimation that the producers of the show are somehow deliberately sidelining 'non-white' potential cast.


ChazzG.
ChazzG.

Kenan Thompson is the most untalented, unfunny SNL cast member since Horation Sanz. I say add a funny black woman to the cast and dump Kenan.

jon.donham
jon.donham

I have never missed an episode and there have never been any good ones even ellen cleghorn sucked ! they just aren't funny . ttheir humor is juvenile . Eddie Murphy was brilliant so was chris rock and of course Garrett Morris who was waaayy ahead of his time and so was lorne michaels for putting him on the air in 1975 for god sake . you bitch about 3 out of 16 ? that's 20 percent what is an appropriate number ? because of course its more important the show be ethnically balanced rather than truly cutting edge funny ! the issue is EVERYONE hired on that show is hired as a writer ,creator first and you have to be TOPICAL AND CURRENT AND CREATIVE  and there have been a Dixie cup of black female talent that could do that , whoopi  Goldberg , Monique , thea vidal , very few more who were even interested so no if you cannot do the job you don't get to be on the show no MATTER WHAT COLOR YOU ARE !!! jesus tina fey and amy poehler were doing sketch comedy for 10 yrs each before they earned the right to audition ,so shut up about this BS. we need more black women on the show for the sake of having black women on the show ? horse crap

JoshSasukeHarvey
JoshSasukeHarvey

Am I the only one that sees nothing wrong with what Kenan said? Out of all the comedians that are good and popular right now how many of them are black females? Probably not a lot of them, and so which shows that none are ready to be on SNL. If any of you remember MadTV they only had a couple of them. I don't know why everyone is so upset with him about the lack of talent.

segui817
segui817

Its good for what it is, a New York Jewish show

benjaminfstrachan
benjaminfstrachan

I thought it was a rather clever way to bring attention to it without alienating his bosses.  If he were to say its because Lorne doesn't cast black females it would not only receive backlash from many who say hes taking it to far or whatever out of the few racist individuals out there but it would put the man who gave him his shot in a really tough spot.  He said it in a way that makes sense (there aren't a bounty of black female comedians, that are also actors) and it still sends a message to his producers that its something that should be looked in to.  I don't understand the backlash.

WalterPinkmanHyzenburrg
WalterPinkmanHyzenburrg

What ratio of SNL's audience are black females?  These things reflect demographics of viewers who can be targeted for advertising.  That's how it works; it's not an annual diversity retreat.

JTyler
JTyler

The article says there are only 3 black cast members out of 16, that's 18%. The black population is around 14%. Sounds to me the demographics of the show are representative of the U.S population. I don't see a problem.

MaxFjellstrom
MaxFjellstrom

It seems like the funny black women comedians that may be qualified for SNL or "ready" are famous already.  SNL isn't going to pay them what they want so they have to go to the undiscovered... Those bitches just ain't funny enough yet

LegendaryMarichalSeymore
LegendaryMarichalSeymore

I completely agree with Kenan. It's not the producers or Lorne Michaels. There are no prominent black comediennes READY for SNL. The reason: all the funny black female comedians for sketch comedy were ALL on MadTV. Daniele Gaither, Debra Wilson, Nicole Randall Johnson, etc.


JGrantClark
JGrantClark

There are always sectors of a business/industry that tends to have more or less of a race or sex.  SNL is one of the most liberal television shows on TV.  I'm sure Thompson didn't say it to upset anyone.  Prove him wrong ladies.

MarkBlaze
MarkBlaze

Black and Latino performers have many other avenues through cable TV outlets that strictly cater to their audience, and then advance into more mainstream audiences. How many cable stations do you have to pay for you never view? Too many. Doubtfull Blacks and Latino's are a ratings bonanza for SNL, Better things to do on a SAT. night. And pretty restrictive for many of these artists. SNL a bored, mostly white, at home on a weekend night audience. Just another way to stir up crap, nothing better to do! People know what they like to watch, when to watch it, and where to find it, so what a waste!!

icytoast
icytoast

Towards the end of this article, it has it right - a wider thinking on the whole issue. But unfortunately most media outlets will only report and disperse the first few paragraphs of this article's content which is too sad: the "blame" from Thompson, somehow derived from only 1 single sentence of the entire interview and manufactured of context. Suddenly like the tweet in the article, "he's dumb"? Really? I highly doubt any of the critics slamming Thompson are in any way involved searching for black, female comedian artists perfect for joining the SNL cast. He may actually be helping to put pressure on SNL to search harder to find that diverse talent it needs.

buffalo.barnes102
buffalo.barnes102

SNL needs all the help it can get. Belaboring the obvious; horrible musical guests( I thought Arcade Fire was a sketch); Weekend Update is a zombie that staggers through the middle of the show; bad writing and unfunny cast. I don't think a black woman is really going to help.

prototoast
prototoast

So... if I am reading this correctly, African Americans make up about 12.5% of the American population, and 12.5% of the cast of SNL.  Of the African Americans in the general population, approximately 50% are women.  If we assume that both comedic talent and opportunity are evenly distributed among African American males and females, such that they would be chosen to be on the show with equal probability, there would still be a 25% that of the two African American cast members, neither would be female.  If SNL's demographics are a problem, it is a small sample problem and nothing more.

M_A
M_A

When are people going to wake up and realize that Blacks, Latinos, Italians and many other ethnic groups are virtually non-existent in Hollywood and most shows? All 8 heads of major studios are Jews. 85% of actors in movies, writers, and people who work in this industry are JEWS!!! Wake up. Don't watch these shows until they begin to resemble what America is: a sea of diversity! 

SmailBuzzby
SmailBuzzby

Wow, someone points out an OBSERVATION and gets skewered for it?  He didn't say that there are no funny women of color - only that they don't show up to SNL auditions.  

People are so stupid and overly-sensitive and always looking for something to get their panties all bunched up about...pathetic.

msteel271
msteel271

Well in context Thompson's comments were pretty benign.  He was saying that the handful of black female comedians he has seen audition, like the majority of everyone who auditions, haven't been ready for the show.  Then I see in multiple outlets headlines about how he thinks black women aren't funny.  Another great day for headline writers.

t1oracle
t1oracle

When was the last time SNL was funny? Sounds like SNL is the one that's not ready.

AndreD
AndreD

Why is this a story?  People get hired for the show based on talent.  Maybe there just aren't that many black female comics, and amongst those, ones who are qualified to be on the show - just like Keenan said.  People - especially those in the media - need to stop being over-sensitive and demanding equal representation based on their own personal ideas of how things should be.  How many people complain that only 3 out of 10 players on an NFL team are white, and there needs to be more white representation?  To critics, I say get off Keenan's back.  He is telling it like it is.

EduardoCruz
EduardoCruz

Black pop % is around 14% of nation. 3 out 16 is much more than 14%. So in a PC world that number is more than right.How many Hispanics? Zero, out of a 18% pop %. So blacks should feel good and Hispanics need representation on SNL. For you all, just quit your complaining. How many whites or Hispanics on BET comedy shows? How many whites or blacks on Hispanics channels? Zero on both counts. So, to my people, Hispanics, and blacks I say, create your own darn shows and stfo!

MomoH
MomoH

@thelmaduncan  For comedians, it is as it has been the launching pad for future Hollywood A-listers.  Some go a different route if they do not believe that SNL is a cultural fit or possibility.

leftforhours
leftforhours

@ReninaWrites ... you say it all here.. but besides ALL of that and ALL of the points in the article.   the emphasis must also be made of the fact that SNL over the past decade has featured a number of portrayals of black women and better than 90% of the time the joke is that the women are men(unless Maya Rudolph was ostensibly introduced as being black woman A or B).   I can see getting away with this joke a handful of times after say 1972... but the fact that this was a weekly occurrence during the "groundbreaking" Tina Fey era was astounding to me!!!  

if we threw out EVERY argument about fairness, diversity, or whether black women on earth engage in humor, we are still left with "I don't care if you grab the black woman who works at the SUBWAY booth!!  Put someone who was BORN a female who is darker than Tony Orlando on that stage to play black women at least 1/3 of the time, Lorne, PUHLEEEAAAASEEE!!!"

leftforhours
leftforhours

@Kinggrayiv fine fine fine... if you don't want to be forced to integrate then do one simple thing.  STOP portraying black women in your comedy.  If you want to do 100 versions of TARGET lady with your UCB & SCTV Chicagoans and L.A. folks that's fine.  You're free to do an all white show if you want to.   You just don't get to claim to be authentically from New York City... part of modern America.. or the cherished homeland of American comedy.   You're just a niche show produced by a guy who seems to be on a quest to make 100 of the worst movies ever produced featuring an infinite variation of snooty men and neurotic white women. 

No one is trying to force blacks, latinos and asians on you... but it would be nice to see if we can move a few steps off of the shoreline that was reached in 1975.   It seemed at the time that black characters did pretty well in comedy in the late 60s and 70s when they weren't supposed to.  It seemed that bringing Richard Pryor and George Carlin on this show in 1975 made sense.  I guess we missed the memo that said that black women were anathema to the comic audience of Saturday Night Live.  That they were somehow NEVER to be in on the joke or the audience would run away.   Yes... they could be the subject of the humor.. they would HAVE to be... the top 10 of the charts for a time was mostly black women.. Oprah Winfrey was on the most popular talk show in the world... entire genres of music were dominated by blacks.. even the President of the United States was black.    You could turn a channel or two over and see black comediennes doing HISTORIC and HYSTERICAL comedy(Deborah Wilson) about people who were actually in the news like Whitney Houston, Oprah Winfrey or Beyonce.  But somehow the arched and sarcastic perspectives cherished by the supposed SNL audience is too challenged by the thought that these blacks folks "don't really get it"... Andy Warhol said as much... Tina Fey hasn't gotten around to spitting it out just yet. 

So if we have to highlight race differences so that our hip comedy show that we've watched for decades can end its holdout and serve as a place where comediennes who don't nibble their lower lips to indicate they are in the middle of "another brilliant comic exposition" ... we're willing to make that sacrifice.  Sorry, white folks.. black comics don't live on bug eyes alone.  As your local swat team will tell you .. SOME doors don't come down unless you use a battering ram and inconvenience the people inside. 



leftforhours
leftforhours

@jon.donham so your vision of cutting edge funny is black women characters being portrayed by overweight black men in drag?   which even disgraces the comic tradition of DRAG ITSELF!!!    if you want all white actors.. then fine.. DO AN ALL WHITE SHOW... don't bring on Kanye... don't do imitations of the President... don't talk about Oprah, Whitney, Beyonce... don't have Jimmy Fallon or Amy Poehler rapping.    It's not BS.. black people don't need to be laughed at if we're not in on the joke.   That's WHY Garrett Morris was cast.. he, like Tina Fey, first auditioned to WRITE for SNL.   Richard Pryor was a key guest in the first season of SNL.   The point of those choices was hopefully not so that 30 years later we could still be saying "ain't these black wimmen fat" 30 years later.      

As for horse crap... we're not talking about qualifying for the JOB of airline pilot or chemical engineer here.  Neither Kristen Wiig nor Tina Fey were so infallibly funny that they can be said to have passed any test.   However... educated white women in their 30s would not be watching this show if Seth Meyers was showing up in a long wig and a Target smock every other week PRETENDING to be an annoying cashier lady.   It's the same with black folk.. and NO... the fact that MORE black women have flown on the SPACE SHUTTLE than have been in the cast of Saturday Night Live is TOO FEW BLACK WOMEN.   When it comes to comedy 20 percent or MORE sounds just about right.   But AT LEAST ONE in the post hip hop era of the late 80s through the 20-00s is literally the LEAST we should expect and insist on.     Just because you've only heard of Whoopi, Monique, and Thea and found them wanting doesn't mean they're the only black comediennes WE have heard of.  So again.. it's not all about you and your perspectve which is of course universally represented and all you need to hear.   We want to hear and see OUR perspectives reflected.   We can at least petition for that even if we are refused.   But don't tell me that the 250 lbs black guy with a mustache and a wig on ... a joke that would have gotten MILTON BERLE complaints 60 years ago if that were the only female representations on HIS show... is what we have to accept because YOU think you're going to shove.... the "DUH... we can't find any black wimmen to do funny... they don't know how to spell repper toorry!"   BS down our throats and have us buy.   We're not ALL Kenan's out here. 

leftforhours
leftforhours

@JoshSasukeHarvey you're not the only one, Josh... probably the best explanation for Kenan's longevity with the show.   He makes the people who hire him feel comfortable with how he represents himself.  Something Eddie Murphy didn't do and which Lorne Michaels has never forgiven him for and has pledged would never happen again.   Even though Lorne was ostensibly uninvolved in the show during the 81-86 window... he was never truly uninvolved in SNL and the sins of Eddie Murphy have figured into the mythology of the show ever since.   That's what Trace Lawrence and Kenan Thompson were meant to exorcise and it is why Lorne's stalwarts like Tina Fey and Seth Meyers are so adamant that Lorne IS SNL and that the show should live and die with him. 

So no... you're not the only one comfortable with the vision that if you don't see black women in comedy that they are just not there.   So there's ALL this laughing AT black women going on on SNL... there just aren't any ACTUAL black women who can be trusted to be involved in writing or performing it.   Are we the ONLY ones who are uncomfortable with THAT?   Should we be comfortable that in your lack of awareness of where young black female performers are developing their craft is to be placed all of their prospects for participating in a venue where you might become aware of their existence and get to see some comic riffs that you might be unused to seeing?   


MalVoRoy
MalVoRoy

@JTyler I don't have a dog in the fight, but just for the sake of clarity, it was three non whites, they werent all black.

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enclosedfury
enclosedfury

@prototoast So all television programs must go according to population? That may be one of the most ignorant things I have ever heard. The entire American population isn't watching SNL. Keep that in mind the next time you want to prove a point about another show.

MarkBlaze
MarkBlaze

Just shut the TV off and find more entertaining adventures! Quit paying for these rip offs! This is FUN! Hopefully more folks wake up and get healthy!!

Ahu
Ahu

@EduardoCruz  

What if every job was determined by % of population? Total equality. Too bad that would be seen as racism. 

msteel271
msteel271

@EduardoCruz It's 2 out of 16 (Nasim Pedrad is not whatsoever black, she's Iranian-American).  Also, there are white people on BET.  But, I agree that in talking about diversity it would be nice to include Hispanics and Asians as well.

Kinggrayiv
Kinggrayiv

@leftforhours @Kinggrayiv err... dude. your rant is unnecessary.  'it's you who is stuck in the 50's, not me.